K11 Art And Cultural Center
© Kevin Mak

K11 ART AND CULTURAL CENTER

SO-IL

ARCHITECTS
SO-IL

AREA
10000 m²

YEAR
2017

PHOTOGRAPHS
Kevin Mak, Kris Provoost

DESIGN TEAM
Jing Liu, Florian Idenburg, Danny Duong, Juan Minguez, Kerim Miskavi, Grace Lee, Seunghyun Kang

FACADE ENGINEER
Ekersley O’Callaghan

CLIENT
New World

CATEGORY
Visual Arts Center, Cultural Center

LOCATION
Hong Kong (SAR)

GLASS FABRICATOR
Cricursa

FACADE CONTRACTOR
Seele

LIGHTING DESIGNER
Speirs & Major

LOCAL ARCHITECT
Ronald Lu Partners

STRUCTURE ENGINEER
Arup

K11 Art And Cultural Center
© Kevin Mak
K11 Art And Cultural Center
© Kevin Mak

Text description provided by architect.

The architecture of the museum, designed at the same time construction on the Victoria Dockside began, is driven by the challenges of its unique setting: It rests atop a K11 Art Mall and below a dozen floors of luxury waterfront residences.

K11 Art And Cultural Center
© Kris Provoost
K11 Art And Cultural Center
© Kris Provoost

The museum combines the top two floors of the podium, originally designed for retail and further food and beverage, with a generous rooftop sculpture terrace that boasts the magnificent skyline of Hong Kong as its backdrop.

Though glass is considered a fairly conventional building material, it plays a significant role in our unconventional response to the project context: a museum that sits in a mix-used environment and adjacent to commercial spaces.

K11 Art And Cultural Center
© Kevin Mak
K11 Art And Cultural Center
© Kevin Mak
K11 Art And Cultural Center
© Kevin Mak
K11 Art And Cultural Center
© Kris Provoost

Typically, museums are closed volumes that avoid engagement with their often hyper-urban surroundings.

Our design simply embraces transparency to implicate the museum within its commercialized city space.

K11 Art And Cultural Center
© Kevin Mak
K11 Art And Cultural Center
© Kevin Mak
K11 Art And Cultural Center
© Kevin Mak

The floating museum is enveloped by a facade of 475 glass tubes, each nine meters tall and one meter in diameter, and weighing two tons.

From the street, the sculptural monumentality and visual distortion of the glass create an abstraction that distinguishes the museum from its densely urban context.

K11 Art And Cultural Center
© Kevin Mak
K11 Art And Cultural Center
© Kris Provoost

Up close, the glass makes its contents clear to visitors and introduces playful arrays of reflection and light. The outsized transparency offers respite to visitors as they arrive from the bustle below.


K11 Art And Cultural Center
Detail
K11 Art And Cultural Center
Detail


K11 Art And Cultural Center
Floor plan

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